Day 12: A book you love but hate at the same time.
Another one that popped immediately into my mind, it’s going to have to be Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed, which is an #OwnVoices Pakistani young adult literature novel about a girl who is brutally forced into an arranged marriage by her parents, which includes her being drugged and raped. The message within the pages of this book, and the spotlight it shines on an extremely harmful yet very real part of South Asian culture, is so vital and so bloody important. I loved it for how brave it was to be upfront about this issue. Yet, the writing was so flat and amateurish, requiring loads more editing, and the “epic” romance in the book was one-dimensional, forced, and unbelievable due to the inherent lack of chemistry between the two individuals, and the bad writing drove me baddy.